Kola definition

kōlə
Any of several tropical African evergreen trees of the genus Cola, especially C. acuminata or C. nitida, cultivated for their reddish fragrant nutlike seeds, which contain caffeine and theobromine. The seeds are chewed as a stimulant and yield an extract used in pharmaceuticals and as a flavoring in foods and beverages.
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A tree, genus Cola, bearing large brown nuts containing source of cola extract.
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A nut of this tree.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
kola
Plural:
kolas

Origin of kola

  • Of West African origin Temne kɔ̄la kola nut

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition